Sanford School of Medicine featured as one of U.S. News’ best when it comes to family medicine training

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is one of the nation’s best when it comes to providing family medicine training, according to U.S. News and World Report, which listed the Sanford School of Medicine No. 16 in its rankings of 2014 Best Medical Schools: Family Medicine.

“We are very pleased that U.S. News recognizes the value and strength of our family medicine program,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, M.D., M.S., N.A.C.P., vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine. “It reinforces that our programs provide students with a valuable medical education and opportunities for long-term success in health care. It also emphasizes our efforts to provide the best trained physicians for the state of South Dakota.”

Each year, U.S. News and World Report rank professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The University of Washington topped the U.S. News list for family medicine training.

Criteria for the rankings include med school deans and faculty, who were polled by the publication in selecting the top programs in the nation. The rankings are part of the U.S. News Media Group 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings available online at www.usnews.com/gradmeth. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the “Best Graduate Schools 2015” edition, on sale Tuesday, April 8.

ABOUT THE SANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.

ABOUT USD

Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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